Mindi Chambers

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Left and Center: Mindi, circa 1982;
Right: Age-progression to age 47 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 19, 1982 from Tempe, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 28, 1965
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'10, 86 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Sandy blonde hair, brown eyes. Mindi had prior orthodontic treatment, but her braces were removed in 1980, two years before her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mindi in Tempe, Arizona on October 19, 1982. She left her home in the 2100 block of east University Avenue and walked her two stepsisters to school. When her stepsisters returned home, Mindi was gone and the front door was open. There were no indications of a struggle, and Mindi's purse, identification and other belongings were left behind. The last person known to have seen Mindi was a clerk at the Circle K convenience store on the corner of University and Price; the clerk saw her make a phone call and leave. She has never been heard from again.

    Mindi's mother was murdered when Mindi was two years old. Police suspected her father, Allen Chambers, but he was never charged for lack of evidence. Mindi lived with Allen's mother and then with an aunt while Allen was serving time in prison for assault. He took her back after he got out of prison, when she was five. Three days before her 1982 disappearance, Mindi told the police that Allen had been molesting her for the past five years. Child Protective Services (CPS) immediately placed her in the care of her stepmother, who was divorcing Allen at the time. Then she disappeared.

    No one reported Mindi missing until 1995. Her relatives stated she had a history of running away and they thought she had simply walked out of her life to escape her problems. CPS apparently dropped their investigation against her father within a short time. He died in a car accident in 1994.

    Foul play is suspected in Mindi's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Mesa Police Department
    480-644-2211

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network
    Mesa Police Department
    The Arizona Republic
    Project Jason

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 19, 2013; age-progression updated.

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